By Brennen Lukas
For the longest time in my life, I never made my bed. When I’d wake up, I’d leave the sheets and blankets all crumpled up and strewn about, and I didn’t think much of it. Who cares, I’d think. It’s just going to get messed up again anyway. Why bother.
Maybe five years ago, I started to see things differently. I saw some articles crop up about the power of making your bed. I decided to drop my cynicism and try it out.
Now, I always make my bed. And I love it.
It’s something that I control every day. Do not underestimate this. Even if nothing goes right all day, when I enter the bedroom for rest at night, I’m greeted by well-made bed. It’s almost like an act of self-care: recent-past Brennen loved me enough to make the bed for me. I love myself enough to make the bed.
Meanwhile, I swear I sleep better in a bed that’s been properly made. The sheets are tucked in, everything is even and smooth. It feels secure and safe to turn down the covers and climb in. It seems to reduce any stress and anxiety that I’m carrying from my day.
Finally, I found that the act of tidying my bed gradually spread to my entire home and I began naturally straightening rooms and putting things away after using them. For the first time in my life, I began to tell a new story: I keep a neat and tidy house. Once the habit of making my bed was established, the satisfaction of straightening made it easy to extend the habit to the rest of my home.
How to Start Making Your Bed
If you’d like to pick up this wonderful habit, I recommend attaching it to a habit that you already have. For example, do it right after you brush and floss your teeth (you do floss, right?). When you attached your new habit to an old, strong one, it’s much easier to be consistent.
Once you’re done making your bed, make sure you take a moment and admire your handiwork. Pat yourself on the back! If you enjoy the outcome, you’re more likely to keep doing the activity.
Making my bed is an important part of the morning habit chain that grounds me in success each and every day. If you’d like to learn more about my morning habits, you can get my free guide here.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy making your bed from now on!